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presented by the Office of the Provost

Congratulations to the Lectureship award recipients for 2010-2011: Young Kim, Department of History; Benita Wolters-Fredlund, Department of Music; and Jamie Skillen, Department of Geology, Geography, and Environmental Studies.



About the Award

The Calvin College Faculty Lectureship Award recognizes the scholarly achievements and professional contributions of individual Calvin faculty members. The lecture series aims to share the awardees' work with the faculty as a whole. Each lecture, while open to the public, should promote mutual interest, discussion, and understanding within the faculty of Calvin College. Awards will be determined in the fall. (more about the award)


SkillenLecture: Monday, April 4, 2011

Finding Our Place in God’s Creation: The Challenge of Ecosystem Management

(vimeo of the lecture)

4 p.m., Meeter Center lecture hall
(refreshments will be served)

Jamie Skillen
Department of Geology, Geography, and Environmental Studies

Professor Jamie Skillen holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from Wheaton College (1996), and graduate degrees in Theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.A., 2000) and Natural Resource Policy from Cornell University (Ph.D., 2006). Jamie joined the GEO department at Calvin in 2008 and offers courses in environmental studies. His research interests include federal land and resource policy and the American west.

About the lecture: Many federal agencies have adopted a new paradigm for environmental protection called ecosystem management, which emphasizes managing along ecological rather than political boundaries; maintaining natural processes, functions, and species over resource outputs; and building adaptive and collaborative processes for management rather than guarding managerial autonomy. Embedded in the new approach is a growing appreciation of profound levels of complexity and uncertainty in both ecological and social systems and a commitment to planning and management processes that sustain openness to the dynamic character of land and the people who use it. Ecosystem management thus calls for something extraordinary: humility. Training students for careers in this and other environmental fields will require Calvin College to find new ways of integrating knowledge across the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities within a Christian framework. Indeed, it will require more integrated attention by faculty and students across the college to the ways that we find our place in God’s creation.

Previous lectures:

Young Kim
Monday, October 18, 2010, Meeter Center lecture hall

Benita Wolters-Fredlund
Tuesday, November 16, 2010, Covenant Fine Arts recital hall